URLLC is supposed to deliver significant benefits to players from a wide range of vertical and industrial segments. To succeed with 5G investments, MNOs must understand what these players need – at present, there’s little sign that they do.
IoT, 5G, and cloud infrastructure and service were identified as the industry’s investment priority; Pressure on price and profit and competition from internet giants were seen as biggest threats to the respondents’ long-term business success.
A key element of 5G is the emergence of Ultra Reliable Low Latency Communications (URLLC), which will be required to fulfil many industrial use cases. Many industrial players have clearly stated that they would like to deploy their own private 5G networks in order to secure URLLC capabilities and some regulators are taking steps to reserve spectrum for these purposes. Meanwhile, MNOs, backed by the GSMA cry foul.